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A better recording, but not at all what I'd call a good show. Dark Star is a tune that really needs more depth of texture. Most '72 Dark Stars sound bleak, empty & boring to my ears.
Subject: Happy Birthday Bob
October was birthday month
for Bobs Weir
a Libra, ...
my Mom would say
I just want to say, thanks,
for playing in the band.
We could not have done it without you.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB
from me and all our friends
here and now
Ps. My legs hurt from dancing,
my face hurts from smiling.
Good Old Grateful Dead
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" at the Cleveland Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Billy's bass drum and snare drum are a little too hot in the mix.
Sounds like yer sittin behind the kick drum...Oops!
4 stars for the mix, recording. 5 Stars for the performance.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1972.
PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Complain All You Want, But...
i am sorry, kick too loud?
dark star brings it all four square
lunatic, tunalic meltdown
another masterpiece logged into the pantheon
lo, the pantheon brigade
Subject: complaints about the sound
Did you listen to the other version? This bertha remaster is amazing with what it did to clear this up
Subject: Mix not the greatest
This is not a bad show , my complaints come with the mix. The vocals are bright and in your face , which isin't so bad, but Jerry's guitar is way down and it's hard to hear Phil. A little tough to listen too with so much better material available. I'm getting to the point where I have so much of everything that I'm getting really picky so maybe it's me. It's worth checking out.
I'd have to say 2.5 for sound.
Where did these songs come from? Dead base viii lists only the 4 songs. An excellent show but is it what it says it is!!??
Capt. Cook -
Love the set list but the drums are way too HOT, and there is hardly any of Bobby's guitar, or even Jerry for that matter, in the mix. The vocals are battling the damn bass drum on every song! Ugh!! I hate that a great show would have such a ragged overall blend.
Subject: Another Good '72
Got to love '72. I'm a fan of '72 over spring & summer '73 and this doesn't let me down. Good sound and the playing is on.
Maybe it's me but it seems a little short by '72 standards. That is made up by the 2 main jamming songs Playin & Dark Star. They get really deep and explore some good themes in each. The rest is actually gravy in my book especially a nice Attics. End of the show is Cleveland style rock n roll complete with leaving the stage after the Caey Jones encore only to come back for a JBG encore. How many times did the Dead do that?
dr. flashback -
Subject: Sleeper show!
Wow, just recently got this show. It could almost be a top ten, but for a few flaws, and that there are so many other big dogs in the race. But what an unknown gem! 1972 was the year of many of the best versions for certain songs, IMHO,and lots of them are here - Box of Rain, FOTD, Jack Straw and
Candyman. Plus a rare Attics! I'm already a happy guy. The Dark Star spans nearly a half hour and runs the gamut from mellow space to Phil earthquake.Try out this show folks, a very strong contender for fall 1972. Recommended.
Dr. Flashback ;-)